Contact or exposure to a chemical substance by touching, breathing, eating or drinking. This exposure is usually harmful in nature. Different degrees of danger can result with varying symptoms due to exposure to harmful or excessive amounts of chemicals . Examples of mild reactions include burning and tearing of the eyes, throat, nose, chest and skin. Violent, relentless coughing, burdensome wheezing, feeling faint, convulsions and even death are examples of severe reactions.

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